Bill would set limits to open of crab season

February 17, 2011 6:05:15 AM PST
A bill has been introduced in the state senate to stop the rush by fishermen to catch as many crab as possible when the Dungeness season begins each November.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the bill would set limits on the number of crab pots and regulate the season opening free-for-all at sea as fishermen aim for prime crab pot positions off the Northern California coast. The measure is supported by local fishermen.

Small boat operators have found themselves at a disadvantage with commercial crab fishermen from Oregon and Washington, who already have trap limits in their state.